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Rotary Phone & Pi

I wanted Max to use our old rotary phone, and with a little downtime during COVID and wanting to learn Python anyway, it was a great project to make the phone work on it’s own and to call another phone. Basically, I’m making my own little phone interchange, with the …

Yogurt

Notes from the trials of making homemade yogurt. Default process: Heat milk to 180 degrees F (denatures proteins) Hold in oven for 30 minutes at 180F (should increase thickness) Cool to 115F in water bath Incubate at 110F for 8 hours in food dehydrator (allows bacteria to grow) Heat milk …

Pierogies

From Babcii’s recipe that Mom transcribed. Babcii said this recipe was from Aunt Mary, Dzdadi’s sister. Makes approximately 18 pierogies Dough 2 Tbl butter 1/2 cup milk 2 Tbl sour cream 2 cups flour 1 egg pinch salt Melt butter and add to milk. Add the sour cream to make …

Beeswax Candles

This page has all my notes for making beeswax candles. Sounds like beeswax should use square braided wick. 5/0 wick seems to work well for small hand-dipped candles < 3/4″ wide. The Candlewic 6″ low smoke wicks create tunnels in the tea lights. the 5/0 square braid seems to work …

Cider 2019

First Pressing Random apples from some lady who dropped them off. Many were really old, and needed lots of cutting. Probably some Gravenstein and Golden Delicious? Fermented fast. OG: 1.040? pH: 3 gallons of juice Reinette du Canada Lots of apples off this tree, but they bruised really fast so …

China Camp 24

Campgrounds

Notes for reserving campgrounds. Book State campgrounds tomorrow at 8am for Mon May 31 2021 Holidays: Our holidays 2019/2020: MLK Day: Monday Jan 20 President’s Day: Feb 17-21 April 6-10: Spring break April 9-11: China camp reservations May 25: Memorial Day June 5: Summer Break starts June 10-24: Italy vacation June …

Wild mushroom buscuits

from http://www.mssf.org/cookbook/chanterelle.html Mushroom Biscuits Makes 12 biscuits This quick biscuit recipe is especially good when fresh chanterelles are in season. Other mushrooms can be substituted. 1 small onion, minced 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 pound chanterelles, chopped into small pieces 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons salt …

Quick Pickles

These quick pickles are a good balance of acid and sweetness, and maintain a good crunch for a year or so.  To make them, just cut up some middle-aged or younger pickling cucumbers and stuff them in jars with the herbs and any other additions (dill, carrots, peppers, etc).  Cover …

InsecureID

Tired of looking at the blank backside of everybody’s ID badge at work?  Me too!  InsecureID makes fun and interesting ID badge cards that you can add to the back of your current badge to add some personality.

Wedding!

Shannon and Scott got married on May 18, 2013.  We had a great time celebrating with many of our friends and family. Pictures and videos are available on our wedding page.